Researchers focus on mangroves at Low Isles to help with coral plight
FINDING corals where they shouldn’t be, such as in mangroves, provides hope for the Great Barrier Reef.
Marine biologist Dr Emma Camp and her team from the University of Technology Sydney will sail from Port Douglas on Saturday in search of corals in unusual environments.
“In New Caledonia where waters are hot, acidic and low in oxygen, close to what is predicted in 2100, we found 20 species of reef forming corals thriving in the mangrove-like environment,” Dr Camp said.
Her research has potential for better reef management.
A grant from the National Geographic Society Waitt Foundation will allow Dr Camp to search for mangrovelike systems housing corals around Low Isles all the way up to Lizard Island.
“No one’s ever looked along the Barrier Reef for the existence of these habitats in terms of how they could support corals,” Dr Camp told the “We need to start thinking outside of the box, we need to start looking at areas where nature has adapted and see if that will help us.”
Dr Camp and her team will work toward determining why and how these corals are forming. “We’re really excited to have this exploration and we’re thankful to National Geographic and Waitt Foundation to allow this and we’re also thankful to Wavelength charters in Port Douglas.”
Mangrove corals in New Caledonia